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Earth & Environment
The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.
A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn salt water into fresh drinking water
Mountain lions are learning to adapt to our increasing presence in nature, which sometimes results in the depredation of domestic animals, and a grim ending for both parties
Vanderbilt University paleontologists are looking into the evolutionary origins of the whistles and squeaks that dolphins and porpoises make
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are engaged in fieldwork across the globe, advancing knowledge of the natural world and developing solutions to global challenges
New research by University of Florida doctoral graduate Paul Morse shows that Teilhardina brandti, a species found in Wyoming, is as old or older than its Asian and European relatives, upending the prevailing hypothesis that this early primate first appeared in China
What happens when lava and water meet? Explosive experiments with human-made lava are helping to answer this important question
This video describes a food chain that extends from consumers, producers, breeders and the wild crop relatives that breeders depend on for crop improvement.
A team of researchers visits a seed bank, the Tomato Genetics Resource Center, where scientists try to preserve the genetic diversity available in wild tomato relatives and make it available for crop breeders
A team of plant geneticists demonstrate how bringing together beneficial traits can have negative consequences
With a robotic arm, a research team has collected specimens of coral and captured video footage and photos of underwater life that has rarely been seen by humans
Want bigger, faster-growing blueberries? New research shows wild bees are an essential secret ingredient in larger and better blueberry yields -- producing plumper, faster-ripening berries.
Surface melting across Greenland's mile-thick ice sheet began increasing in the mid-19th century and then ramped up dramatically during the 20th and early 21st centuries, showing no signs of abating, according to new research
Take a peek at Sentry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's state-of-the-art Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. Supported by the National Science Foundation, it's capable of exploring the ocean and seafloor to depths of 19,000 feet while untethered
Rob Gegear studies how bumblebees make decisions as they forage and explores the complex interconnections between bees and flowering plants
ROV Jason is Woods Hole's state of the art Remotely Operated Vehicle. Supported by the National Science Foundation and equipped with sonars, video and still imaging systems and sampling capabilities, Jason can investigate the deep ocean and seafloor.
Researchers aboard the National Science Foundation-funded research vessel (R/V) Endeavor are studying plankton and other materials in the waters off the coast of South America to tackle a pressing question in oceanography
This is the HOV Alvin... the Navy's Human Occupied Vehicle, supported by the National Science Foundation
Barnacles are sticky little critters that hitch rides on the backs of humpback and gray whales. They hold a wealth of information that is helping scientists better understand how whales might respond to the current changes in Earth's climate
Seagrass shaves waves, right whale trails, lessen coral stressin' and a hurricane in a pool